Yeah, this is part of the problem - and the main reason the Frogs’ D has been torched by quality passing teams.
As coach Gary Patterson said following last Saturday’s 49-24 loss at Iowa State, the pass rush is “not to the level that we’re used to.”
Redshirt freshman Ochaun Mathis was credited with one sack on the day, the first full sack registered by a TCU defensive end this season. Graduate transfer Shameik Blackshear has a half-sack over the first five games.
Defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and linebacker Garret Wallow are leading the team with 2.5 sacks each.
For the season, TCU has just nine sacks for an average of 1.80 per game. That ranks eighth in the Big 12, and is the fewest for the Frogs since they joined the Big 12.
Patterson won’t be tanking, a la Houston, any time soon.
TCU has made — and continues to make — a concerted effort to avoid recruiting players who may leave if things aren’t going exactly their way.
“They know with me, if it’s not about winning, it won’t be a favorable conversation,” Patterson said. “So right now, it’s who can we play with that can give us a chance to win ballgames.”
Again, Patterson is happy he’s 59 rather than 39. Much of these problems won’t be his to worry about.
“I’m going to look forward to watching all the younger head coaches and all the people deal with all this,” Patterson said. “I’m going to smile at them.”
Some familiar faces could be returning home to play more football.
WR John Diarse
TE Cole Hunt
LB Jawuan Johnson
LB Stansly Maponga
RB Kyle Hicks
WR Taj Williams
DB Nick Orr
DB Ranthony Texada
A secret scrimmage? A secret win? A trip to NOLA? Good weekend for the Frogs.
“I understand we lost four guys and there’s such a fine line in this league now. If we had Kouat [Noi] back, we’d probably be picked four spots higher just by having another guy. Everybody has three or four guys coming back, so we have less than most. We’re going to be picked at the bottom of this thing. It’s just the way it is.
“But let’s stay healthy and have some depth and I think we can be as good as anybody.”
TCU will get a firsthand look of where it’s at with a “secret” scrimmage against Mississippi State on Saturday in New Orleans. The Frogs are also expected to have another “secret” scrimmage later this month against Washington in Fort Worth.